CID team to investigate persons spreading false claims

Police say a team of the Criminal Investigations Department has begun investigations to identify individuals circulating misinformation via the internet in order to take legal action.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana say, they have witnessed an increasing number circulating misinformation on the internet and via social media.

The DIG said such posts lead to the public facing hardships adding that deceiving news items affect livelihoods at a time that the country is battling COVID-19 and dengue.

DIG Ajith Rohana said the CID team will investigate individuals forwarding messages and other posts shared amongst groups.

The CID team will comprise of officers of the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of the CID.

The DIG noted if an individual causes panic or deceives the public, it is deemed a punishable offence under the Penal Code.

He added racial or religious-based misinformation will be dealt under provisions of the violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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